Lottery winner told to pay up

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A LOTTERY winner who scooped £10,000 every year on his birthday for 10 years could be stripped of his cash - as punishment for dealing thousands of pounds’ worth of cannabis.

Redley Farrier, of Remington Road, Parson Cross, Sheffield, has had his bank account frozen and been hauled back before a court.

The 23-year-old was jailed for 40 weeks in 2010 for growing cannabis and possessing the Class B drug with intent to supply.

He later agreed he had benefited from his crimes to the tune of £22,058 - but at the time he claimed the only money he had was £335 in cash seized from him upon his arrest.

But, after he was released, the police discovered Farrier was in fact a lottery winner.

Before he was jailed he had bought a National Lottery ‘Birthday Bonus’ scratchcard - which entitled him to an initial £1,000 prize plus a windfall of £10,000 every year on his birthday for 10 years.

Now South Yorkshire Police have launched a fresh bid to strip him of his assets of crime, after learning of his win.

Jane Stockdale, from South Yorkshire Police’s economic crime unit, told Sheffield Crown Court: “This is an application to increase the realisable assets up to the value of £22,058.

“It was agreed at a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing last year that the benefit of his crimes was £22,058.

“We can take him back to court if we identify any further assets.”

Barrister Alison Dorrell told Judge Robert Moore it was originally deemed Farrier had made £32,078 from his crimes.

But, following a court hearing, agreement was reached with Farrier that the figure was £22,058.

She said: “Your Honour made an order which would allow the Crown to seize any money which becomes available.

“We are here again because of a lottery win, which means that on his birthday he receives £10,000.”

Miss Dorrell said Farrier currently has £9,761.40 in a Halifax bank account - which has been frozen by the police.

Lisa Wilson, representing Farrier, said he now disputes the £22,058 figure. “The defendant is now of the view it’s excessive and wants to take it to the Court of Appeal,” she said.

She added she could not represent him professionally if he wanted to challenge the original court order he’d agreed.

Adjourning the case, Judge Moore said Farrier had six weeks to appoint new legal representation to seek leave to appeal - or to agree the original figure and hand over the cash.

He told Farrier: “You understand you will have a pretty uphill battle to get that shifted, bearing in mind the negotiations went in your favour.”